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AirPrint on Windows, silly password prompts

Regarding AirPrint on a Windows, I followed the instructions on this article; however if you prefer a less hands-on process you may want to go for an installer, made by TadGhostal.

In both cases make sure that you have iTunes 10.1 or newer, your printer is network shared, and your computer and device are on the same network. Your computer will need to be on for AirPrint to work, obviously.

I ran into a problem when it got down to actually tapping the printer button on my iPad. It prompted me for a login. I don’t have logins; I hate having to wait for the login screen when I start up my laptop, instead of being able to start it up and go about my morning and then settling down being able to launch Firefox straight away. Going into Network and Sharing Center > Advanced Sharing Settings and selecting “Turn off password protected sharing” did not work. I tried blank passwords, nope.

So I tried fiddling around in regedit and gpedit. The two methods I’ve found are:

In regedit:

Run regedit.exe from the Start Menu search
Go to: Local machine > System > CurrentControlSet > Services > lanmanserver > Parameters
Create, or edit, the multi string NullSessionShares: add print$ to the key.

In gpedit.msc

Run gpedit.msc from the Start Menu search
Go to : Computer Configuration >Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
Set “Network access: Let Everyone permissions apply to anonymous users” to Enabled.

Nothing worked. In the end I opted for creating a password for myself, and then disabling the password prompt at start up.

Hit Win+R and run “control userpasswords2” without the quotes. Uncheck the first checkbox that says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.” Viola.

I managed to print Le Cygne, solo piano version from my iPad, and I don’t get passwords prompts at start up.

Update: Alternative for iOS 5 http://ipadhelp.com/ipad-help/airprint-for-windows-and-ios-5-or-later/

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Doodle

Drawn on Bamboo Paper for iPad using my finger.

The Bamboo Stylus is unfortunately out of stock almost everywhere, though it seems like you can still get it from the EU online store (it says ready for shipment). I’m eBaying it, and you can also get it from Amazon [1][2].

I’m also getting the Dagi, mostly because it looks like this:
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The red dot in the middle of the transparent disc is where the contact point is registered on the iPad. Theoretically, it makes for high precision. Reviews wise I have read a couple commenting that it takes a while to get used to holding the Dagi at the optimal angle, and that sometimes you end up with a smattering of dots because it’s not that easy to get the disc flush against the screen.

I’m also tempted by the Alupen. It doesn’t look as nice as the Bamboo, but I’ve read some good reviews about it. Its thick body offers a good grip and feels like a whiteboard marker and execution is smooth. Down side is that it doesn’t look like it’s a stylus I would carry around with me.

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Very, very annoyable today

So I had to reinstall some of my applications; out of those, the following were installed in C:\ while the rest were in D:\, away from where my OS is installed.

AirDisplay
Chrome
iTunes
Java
Microsoft Office
Rockmelt
Windows Live

AirDispay, Chrome, Rockmelt, and Windows Live did not give me an option at all regarding where to install them. I can understand if AirDisplay would like to be close to iTunes and Bonjour; I installed iTunes in C:\ because I tried it in D:\ once and my web browsers couldn’t detect iTunes to direct iTunes Store links to. I can understand if Windows Live wants to be on the system partition; maybe it has lots of dlls and shit it needs to access.

But Chrome and Rockmelt? You’re web browsers. Why, why do you need to be in my C drive? WHYYY?

I really, really, don’t like it when applications don’t give me a choice of where to install them in.

Fucking Chromium.

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Oh, fuck you DisplayLink, you festering cesspool filled with the past feed of rampaging ducks grown on the anguish of wretched, wretched souls

It isn’t enough that the application done gone and screwed up my laptop’s display, then it some way or another disabled my Aero and stuck my color depth at flipping 8 bits. I was looking at a black screen for minutes and when I next saw my desktop again, Aero was gone, and I was looking at a sodding 800×600 that was all pixelated and mosaic-ly.

It wasn’t enough that this rancid pile of code didn’t even work, it turned off my Desktop Windows Manager and made my system think I have it disabled even though it’s fucking runni- I MEAN THERE IT FUCKING IS ON THE TASK MANAGER. Win+R+Services.msc told me the same thing, Desktop Windows Service Manager is well running merrily.

I check my color depth; God forbid the Control Panel told me I have it set at True Color 32 bits. I run the Aero troubleshooter again, BAM. “Color depth is set too low. Color depth: 8bits; Required depth: 32bits.”

I lost my favorite Batman fan art when initially trying to switch themes to get my Aero back. Firefox wouldn’t show its face. System Restore somehow got it in its head to fuck me up too, I got an error 81000203 that no solution on the Internet could fix. My Objectdock completely disappeared, but was recovered after I found out that DisplayLink decided to WITH NO INSTRUCTION FROM ME shift my dock to the – might I mention, phantom – secondary display, and then neglected to move it back after I terminated the device pairing and uninstalled the worthless thing.

Aero refuses to work and I don’t know why the computer is detecting problems when the problems are not realized when I check on them to solve them. I wouldn’t be surprised if DisplayLink carried a virus. It’s a good thing it’s free.

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I’m reformating my laptop.

Blistering son of a sodding cheesecake.

Update: The same thing (color depth too low and dwm disabled) happened with AirDisplay (which I bought right after DisplayLink failed). Turns out the system goes back to normal after you connect and disconnect the iPad display again using the application panel.

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iPad 2

Online ordering of the iPad 2 is finally available in my country.

Oh and hi-dee-ho!

Lookie this:

Can’t wait!

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So my period came yesterday

I finished my fourth subtitle today :).

I’ve mainly been uploading to Addic7ed.com; uploads include subs I’ve gotten from elsewhere but weren’t present on Addic7ed. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I got those subs from, because I hit most of Google’s first page results when I search for subtitles. The four that I’ve done are, chronologically:
Danny.Phantom.S01E01.Meat.Mystery.srt
The.Batman.S01E01.The.Bat.in.the.Belfry.srt
The.Batman.S00E01.The.Batman.vs.Dracula.srt
The.Batman.S01E03.Call.of.the.Cobblepot.srt

I’ve been using Subtitle Workshop for a while, then I found out about Subtitle Edit from the Addic7ed forums. I heard it has an audio waveform feature, which theoretically should speed up the process of subbing. (Another software I’ve heard positively about is Ageisub.)

I’m not sure if it really did or if it’s just the placebo effect, or maybe the episodes were just shorter. I mean, obviously subbing a 20 minute episode right after a 83 minute movie is bound to feel like you’re on steriods.

So to get back to my post title, I flew into a rage a few hours earlier over Subtitle Edit. I’d set it to auto backup every 15th minute. With 6 more video minutes left to sub, I left my desk to run out to buy a desk lamp and a soy bean ice cream cone (also: I went out with blood stained pants, how mortifying). When I came back, Subtitle Edit crashed. Oh. It must have autosaved for me right?

No. Apparently, and retardedly so, that “15th minute” phrase refered to the minutes of the video you’re subbing, and NOT the real time spent on working on the subs.

To put it into perspective, when you’re only on the fourth project in your subtitling career, 15 minutes of real time is approximately… oh I don’t know, barely 2 minutes of video time? That’s 2 minutes of mild dialogue, not opening titles or action sequences.

So guess what I was left with? Instead of 6 video minutes more, I had 12 video minutes more to sub. Throw in hormonal imbalance = *HULKRAGE*

Also, SE has this annoying habit of never pausing on the exact spot. It always plays a few miliseconds too many before reacting to my pause or stop command. When I select a line and ask it to “play selection”, it plays it and more. It’s really really annoying to a precision worker.

Then again, I think I’ve learned you can’t be a precision subber and still keep your sanity.

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I miss…

The Scene

The Scene is a community of people that are involved in organized underground piracy. It’s a sort of web of trust, where copyrighted material is illegally distributed between private FTP sites.

The people in the scene are organized in various Release Groups. The members in the groups handle different tasks: suppliers obtain material, packers pack the material for release, coders crack softwares and develop tools, artists design artwork for NFOs, etc.

Often not even the nicknames of the individual members of the groups are known, which provides an additional layer of privacy, while at the same time lets the group as a whole take credit for their releases.

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Release Groups

A group is a number of people working together to obtain and release new games, utilities or patches onto the net. A release is made when a correctly packaged file is uploaded to a private FTP for other community members to access. Release groups generally follow a set of rules governing the correct etiquette of packaging releases, and failure to do so results in a Nuke.

Releases that come from an individual not belonging to any group are usually labeled as Independent.

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Scene Release

A Scene Release is a pirated piece of software, game, movie, music album etc packaged for distribution in the scene.

There are some commonalities between all types of scene releases but the requirements vary among different types of media.

Generally each scene release has its own directory. In the directory, besides the release itself is also an NFO file with details concerning the release files. The actual data is often compressed with rar or zip. Big files like movies or ISOs are split into several files using rar. Sometimes a SFV file is included to verify the checksums of the files.

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Nuke

A nuke is a release in the Scene that for some reason doesn’t hold up to the rules set by the scene. Most commonly they are bad dumps, i.e. the data is corrupt or inaccurate.

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NFO

NFOs are information files with the file extension .nfo provided with just about every warez or ROM release. An NFO usually contains the official title of the release, the group who released it, the handles of the group members who helped out, and any and all technical info about the release. NFOs also contain ASCII artwork.

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SFV

Simple File Verification or SFV files are used by the scene to verify the integrity of files. An SFV file is basically a series of CRC32 checks saved in plain-text format.

After a new release is packed (generally into a series of RAR files) the packer then runs a script and or program to create checksums for each file. The checksums are then all listed in a text file with the extension of .sfv.

Once an end user has finished downloading an ISO they can then run the SFV file through one of many programs specifically designed for the task of verifying checksums. If any file fails the CRC check the user will be notified and need to download that file again. If the CRCs are identical to what is expected, there will be no errors and the files are intact and are exactly the same as they were when first uploaded.

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Via http://www.sub-talk.net/topic/6-the-scene/

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‘Curiouser and curiouser!’

‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English);

When did image alt text stop showing up upon mouseover? I was reading this which led me to this page, and maybe it’s just me and my browser, but:

I thought the alternate text was supposed to show up upon mouseover if no title attribute was given.

PS: Whups. I should have circled the alt attribute and not the empty title attribute in the second image.

By the way, recommended read:
Dive Into HTML5
Web: http://diveintohtml5.org/
PDF: Download
Book: Amazon
eBook: O’Reilly

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Introduce a little anarchy


Title: Introduce A Little Anarchy
Length: 3:42
Composer: Hans Zimmer and James Howard
Film: Batman: The Dark Knight (2008 Nolan Films)
Track: 12
Genre: Soundtrack


Title: Like A Dog Chasing Cars (Cut: 2:12 – 3:37)
Length: 1:25 (Original 5:03)
Composer: Hans Zimmer and James Howard
Film: Batman: The Dark Knight (2008 Nolan Films)
Track: 8
Genre: Soundtrack

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Rant

You’re always the grown up, aren’t you?

Always the one who knows everything, the way the world works, how people operate. What makes you the ideal? What makes your assessment the benchmark for everything?

You have nothing but scorn for the people you consider beneath you. Why should I be any different?

If there’s one thing I hate right now, it’s when people find excuses for their friends because of the friendship. If I were one of the “other people”, what would you be saying about me?

You no longer have time to do things with me, but you’ll always have time for me to do things with you. I’m not independent, but I have to be. God knows how long I’ll have to wait before you find time for me.